- Title: Unworthy
- Author: Joanne Armstrong
- ISBN: 9781310720062
- Page: 127
- Format: ebook
Nearly two hundred years after a killer disease swept the planet, an island nation continues its isolated survival due to the ruthless dedication of its military The laws and culture of the country are based on the survival of the fittest, distrust of disease, and control of the general population Marked at birth as Unworthy to be raised, a young woman questions the neNearly two hundred years after a killer disease swept the planet, an island nation continues its isolated survival due to the ruthless dedication of its military The laws and culture of the country are based on the survival of the fittest, distrust of disease, and control of the general population Marked at birth as Unworthy to be raised, a young woman questions the necessity for the cruel practice, so many years after the Isolation was declared She embarks on a journey which will uncover truths about her past and about her society which she could never have imagined.
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INITIAL THOUGHTSAs you will see above this book has two covers, which I do like both (I'll go on a bit more about the cover within my Review) so I decided to feature both of them. I was looking forward to this one, as it's a dystopian, which I guess you're all sick of hearing now, is one of my favourite genres. Though I do have high expectations for dystopian books too, I think the societies that are created need to have a believable element to them, as well as having characters that you can emp [...]
Thanks to Joanne Armstrong for giving me this book to review.Two centuries after a devastating disease wipes out most of the population, an island nation has endured by isolating themselves and living under strict military rules of survival of the fittest. Arcadia has been marked as unworthy as a baby because of her weak immune system, but she has tried in her own small way to fight the unfair system. When a mysterious solider arrives at her home, she embarks on a journey in which she discovers [...]
Unworthy is a fastpaced YA dystopian novel from NZ author Joanne Armstrong.There is perhaps nothing new here in terms of the overall premise, and readers of YA dystopia will recognise many of the elements - the heroine is "different", society has splintered into factions/districts/whatever you call them after a catastrophic event, the "top level" is cruel and corrupt and hiding secrets. Ditto the love triangle/ish story arc. That being said, this book was incredibly engaging. I devoured it in tw [...]
When I first started reading Unworthy, I was quickly intrigued and enthralled by the writing. As I read on, that feeling subsisted and developed. I thought the chapters were just right in size, the characters were interesting and promising, as well as the concepts of this world. We are introduced to Arcadia's surroundings almost as if we are reading her diary. Her reality slowly unravels and, with each new piece of information, I became more involved in it and wanted to know what came next. I wa [...]
Unworthy is the first in a series. Aimed at the young adult market, it is a dystopian story set sometime in the future and the heroine, Arcadia finds herself embarking upon a life-threatening (and changing) journey which (hopefully) by the end of the series will see her righting the wrongs of the cruel and brutal world in which she has been raised. There are a lot of books in the Young Adult market based upon a similar premise, and Unworthy, to a certain degree, follows a formula that readers ha [...]
Actual rating: 3.5 starsThe most salient thought I had after finishing "Unworthy" was "Wait, that was all? It was so short". It's true, with just under 200 pages the book is a fast read. The reader accompanies the Unworthy Arcadia and her protector on a journey from her hometown to the capital. The story covers mere days and I would have wished for a bit more since I just started to getting to know the characters and Arcadia's world. Apart from that, here's what I thought:Since I'm all for mixin [...]
The characters were real, dialogue was true, the world of the story breathed, and I went through a rather extreme emotional roller coaster ride. I was transported directly into the story, and took every altercation, every mishap, every joy, every experience personally.Oh, yeahAnd my husband had to hear all about it. I called and woke up one of my sisters. I interrupted not one, but two friends at work, texting them about it. Heck, I even discussed this ebook with my dog (she's a very good listen [...]
I rather enjoyed this short but well written dystopia novel about a young girl, snatched from her (relatively) peaceful life and thrust into a dark world, filled with questions and nasty revelations. The characterisation was good, and I felt the setting was described evocatively enough for me to imagine it. Some parts could have been fleshed out a bit more, and I have many, many questions now myself, but that is the nature of the first in a series, and I am eager to learn more.My only real niggl [...]
###NO SPOILERS###***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***My first impression of this book was correct as I was captured immediately relating to the heroine Arcadia. The characther development was excellent for main characters. The Author, Joanne Armstrong, does a great job in getting me to engage emotionally with the story. Each chapter builds that character/reader bond that keeps you up past bedtime wanting to know "What Happens Next?".This dystopian tale is well t [...]
Unworthy by NZ young adult author Joanne Armstrong is certainly worthy of acclaim. Descriptively written, the setting is a fictional South Island 200 years after a deadly illness has swept the globe. The main character, 17 year old Arcadia Grey, is being taken on a life-altering journey by Polisborn soldier Captain Alex Hayes. Full of suspenseful moments & some subtle romance, I highly recommend this book to lovers of dystopian fiction. I am looking forward to part 2 with anticipation!
I really loved this book. The main character Arcadia was well-rounded and her narration was enjoyable. It was exciting, and the plot was unpredictable. The dystopian society was incredibly well thought-out and interesting.
I have to admit my bias- I know Jo and had read parts of this in its draft form. However you can't make yourself like a book and when I sat down to read the final version I was really impressed. It had me hooked from the start and I think it will have huge appeal for YA fans of this genre.
I liked the main character in this book from the start and the thought of finding out what might be special about her made me want to not only get to the end of this book but also left me looking forward to recommending it to others and grabbing the next one when it comes out.
Originally reviewed on LauraofLurkingStrong language: Some, mildDrugs: NoneViolence: someSexual content: NoneImagine you live in a world that was ravaged by a sickness that killed off most of the population. The military of your land isolated it from the rest of the world to protect your people. For a long time you lived feral, wandering the land, fighting and killing at will to survive.Then the Polis come along and set up hubs, polis controlled communities, where you get food, shelter and medic [...]
(Copy received from the author for an honest review) 3.5 out of 5 stars Unworthy takes place in a disease ravaged world where a military government controls the lives of the remaining survivors. Arcadia is one of the Unworthy, marked at birth due to her weak immune system and she's always dreamed of life outside the Hubs. Now her adventure arrives and she's thrust into the real world. As she travels to the capital city of Polis, she finds out the truth about herself and her society which complet [...]
UNWORTHY by Joanne ArmstrongEngaging and riveting. This is a book you will not want to put down. I suggest you settle in and enjoy the story. This book deserves a reader's undivided attention. I received a free eBook copy of 'Unworthy' in exchange for a fair and honest review.This book is a Young Adult Dystopian fiction novel. It is the first novel written by this author. This fact is absolutely shocking to me. UNWORTHY is so well written and expertly edited that I assumed it had been written by [...]
One of the main recommendations for the book Unworthy (which was sent to me by its author in exchange for my review) was the fact that I found its female protagonist so compelling. Not in the sense of liking her, necessarily (though she was likeable enough). Rather, I was impressed by the representation of a young woman who was strong and compassionate and ignorant and full of doubtd who was a hero because of rather than in spite of all of these things.I’d like you to go into reading this boo [...]
The author gave me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.This book had definite flow. I read through the whole thing in about an hour and I never mentally-tripped over awkward phrasing or unclear sentences. The writing is the kind that I prefer – very descriptive and sort of rhythmic. I liked the concept – survival of the fittest and all that. Also, wasn’t that much romance, which I think is a good thing. But if you enjoy a really gushy, romantic book, this might not be for you.Wha [...]
Three and a half stars. Possibly three and three-quarters. One of the better self-published books I've read, although it's not quite enough to make me embrace the self-pubbing community and declare everlasting love (sorry, guys). There are some good books in that community, I know, but there are a great deal more shockers, and the ratio of good to shockers is not great. Thankfully this was a good one.Likes: Timaruvian author. Great world-building. Using Aotearoa's isolation to survive. South Can [...]
Full review to come when the holiday craziness is over! But for now - intriguing, well written, raises some very ugly questions about disease and testing, and an overall good read. Some parts were a bit slow for my taste and I am not a fan of cliff-hanger endings for the first in a series, so this pulled the rating down just a tad. Update: The main character was believable and I enjoyed following her on her journey (even if the journey itself dragged at places.) How utterly refreshing to have a [...]
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! The story takes place in New Zealand but I love that it could really be anywhere. Although the isolation of the island country does play well into the plot. So, you never know with these dystopian set-ups: usually predictable, common characteristics amongst storylines, same old cast of characters. Unworthy daringly follows trends with the best of the best but creates it's own nuances with great character development and a great political/cultural/Darwinian backdrop.I [...]
A fantastic, can't-put-it-down read. Well planned, and constructed. It was amazing to read about a teen girl who knows her own worth, even if besieged by almost crippling doubt about the world she knows. The Captain, is a great big ball of contradictions; and he certainly is not developed as the story goes along, my money says he was page ready before Armstrong even started writing. I love the way that the Captain and Arcadia don't fit, they shouldn't be able to work together I sincerely hope th [...]
This book was amazing! I got it out of the school library and was hooked from the prologue! I loved Arcadia and could relate to her and Alex was awesome! There was never a boring moment and most of the time I was on the edge of my seat! Where can I get this book?Thanks so much Joanne for writing this amazing story! (It's Heidi by the way!)
I found Unworthy hard to put down, I wanted to read on and find out what Arcadia would find which she reached her destination. The characters were interesting with enough information to know them but also enough left out so they can be expanded on some more. I look forward to the next book and wonder what direction it will take us. A great first novel from an author to watch!
I read this to see if it were suitable for my 11 year old, and got completely sucked in. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the next book. It is suitable for him by the way, so if you are looking for a books that an 11 year old boy (good reader) may enjoy, this is perfect.
Outstanding!A story well worth reading. Joanne Armstrong is already a master storyteller -- and this is only her first book. I look forward eagerly to reading the next in the series.
This is definately a page turner, I could not put this book down, I was hooked from the first page til the last page. Biggest disappointment was that I finished reading it!! I am desperate to read the next one to continue reading Arcadia's story. Highly recommended.
I loved Unworthy, it had me on edge for most of the story. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend for adults and teenagers. Can't wait for the next book from this up & coming NZ Author.
This story was so well written that I looked to see if there was a sequel, and sadly there wasn't (hint, hint). The characters were very vivid and believable. This author has what it takes.
Great read! Stayed up late until I couldn't keep my eyes open cause I didn't want to put it down. Can't wait for the next one!!!
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